Helping Municipalities Maximize ARPA + IIJA Funding

Infrastructure Investment & Management Program

Trusted partners helping communities conquer:

  • Aging water infrastructure that is 50 years old or older
  • Flood risks and costs caused by inadequate and outdated infrastructure
  • Limited funding streams to address aging systems
  • Regulatory compliance to deliver safe and affordable drinking water
  • Lean and siloed in-house resources with limited capacity or expertise to manage special projects with day-to-day operations

Funding for Community Resilience

It’s no secret that a large portion of our nation’s infrastructure needs repair—water systems, roads, bridges, the power grid, and more. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allows for specific infrastructure spending for water, sewer, and broadband investments. The $1 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) passed in November 2021 will repair aging public works projects and other infrastructure needs across the country.

This legislation is vital for community resilience regardless of economic status, with particular focus on rural, disadvantaged, and hard-to-reach communities. For municipalities, time, energy, and expertise are required to appropriate and manage these funds to the right projects at the right time alongside their day-to-day operations.

Metro Consulting Associates can help identify the highest and best use of these funds to make a lasting impact in your community. Our partnership approach augments your existing in-house expertise to deliver right-sized solutions, at right-sized rates to amplify infrastructure improvements.

High-Value Infrastructure Strategies

Help assets last longer to maximize budgets and community impact.

Ready your community for funding opportunities and extend the life of existing water and wastewater assets by prioritizing and optimizing maintenance and repairs.

Asset management provides utility managers and decision-makers with critical information on capital assets and the timing of infrastructure investments. Key steps include inventorying critical assets, evaluating their condition and performance, and developing plans to maintain, repair, replace assets, and funding these activities.

Make smart, long-term investments. Not short-sighted fixes.

Smart infrastructure investment is about understanding the total cost of ownership and utilization from purchase through disposal.

The lowest price option may or may not be the least costly to procure once long-term energy costs, maintenance and repairs, and life expectancy are calculated over the asset’s useful life. Conducting a life cycle cost assessment helps predict how much your community will spend across all departments over an asset’s entire life to make better CapEx purchase decisions.

Put community first with cross-functional department planning.

Bring together siloed data, information, budgets, and expertise to build better project plans.

Multi-department project collaboration balances distinct departmental goals with community goals for financial, operational, and community gains. Unifying departments during the planning process unlcks advantages by packaging underground infrastructure improvements with road, sidewalk, and right-of-way improvements to minimize construction impacts, improve efficiencies, and garner community confidence.

Attract developers and investors to satisfy community growth models.

Evaluate, track, and package city-owned properties for reuse strategies that benefit your local economy.

Get your economic development team the information they need to effectively market your portfolio of properties. We inventory and assess each property’s characteristics, then create GIS infrastructure base maps that detail site utility access. These insights empower your team to promote development where infrastructure capacity exists or may be readily provided.

Get the highest and best use of existing and future investments.

Optimize existing infrastructure to better allocate resources.

Don’t waste money on unnecessary improvements. Evaluate the condition, capacity, and lifespan of your existing infrastructure and compare to future needs. This level of due diligence allows you to optimize current systems for maximum output and redirect funds to other areas.

Proven funding strategies to realize community goals.

Securing outside funding sources requires strategy and expertise to navigate the competitive and complex process with success.

Local, state, national, and federal organizations offer various grants and loans for communities of different sizes and economic positions. While grants are deemed more attractive, the application process is competitive, costly, and complex. Our team has extensive experience developing strategies and preparing grant applications to increase your chances of securing funds, and can manage the reporting and compliance requirements that come with using grant money.

Improve and leave behind more than the infrastructure.

Cost-effectively incorporate public amenities and beautification elements into infrastructure projects for long-term community benefits.

Give your residents more than the underground infrastructure improvements often forgotten once construction is complete. Water/wastewater projects disrupt streets, sidewalks, and neighborhoods during construction. But these projects provide an opportunity to strengthen public opinion and property values by leaving behind parks, greenways, streetscapes, or other amenities and enhancements.

Let’s work together.